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  • In this activity, students create a model seafloor and create a map of it through taking depth readings.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • understand the concept of underwater mapping of the seafloor
    • construct a model to simulate a seafloor and take readings
    • plot the results and use these to create a map.

    Download the Word file for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • student handout.

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    In 2017 the Seabed 2030 Project was launched at the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference. It is aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goal #14 – to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. It is a collaborative project between the Nippon Foundation of Japan and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO). It aims to bring together all available bathymetric data to produce a definitive map of the world ocean floor by 2030.

      Published 3 December 2007, Updated 12 June 2015 Referencing Hub articles
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